Sunday, 17 October 2010

Appeal but no ballot for sacked bus union leader

Unite activists are still campaigning for action to defend a bus drivers' union rep who was sacked in April.
A financial appeal on behalf of Abdul Omer Mohsin was distributed to everyone who attended Jerry Hick's election rally in London last week.
The appeal was written by Unite's London and eastern regional secretary Steve Hart and originally distributed around the capital's bus garages in May.
Hart's letter explains that Omer was sacked by the Sovereign company and goes on: "Our regional office who represented him at the disciplinary hearing and at appeal has provided me with a full report on the case, and is quite clear that the decision to dismiss is not only unfair, but is also tantamount to an attack on our union organisation within the company."
Hart says Unite "will be conducting a ballot of members in London Sovereign".
But a report on the Socialist Worker website earlier this month says that - nearly five months later - no ballot has been organised.
Cheques for the hardship appeal should be made payable to "Unite the Union" with "Abdul Omer appeal" on the back - and sent to the union's regional office at 218, Green Lanes, London, N4 2HB.
Messages of support should be sent to defendabdulomer at .
VIDEO: Abdul Omer on organising the workers at Sovereign.

Jerry Hicks is one of four candidates for the post of Unite general secretary.

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